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Iced Coffee

4 Feb

So, this is about the most basic recipe ever, but it is so dang delicious I had to share. I think it tastes just like the stuff you get at Starbucks and it’s so easy! I’m sure you could blend it up and make a frappucino as well. I recently tried this with decaff and it was great too! Also, I’ve never tried this, but you could also make ice cubes out of leftover coffee so your drink doesn’t get watered down. Maybe next time I’ll plan ahead a little!

iced coffee

I suck at taking pictures of beverages, ok?

  • 6-8 cups strong brewed coffee (or more, to taste)
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • ice

Combine brewed coffee with condensed milk in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice.


Thai Lemonade

28 Jul

Last night I wanted a non-alcoholic, Asian inspired, summery drink to go with my Chinese Chicken Salad. I thought finding this specific of a request would be nearly impossible. But somehow I lucked out and found this gem. I didn’t have all the exact ingredients on hand, so I just improvised with what I had. I just happened to have a nearly full jug of Simply Lemonade in the fridge, to which I added 5 large leaves of basil (torn) and about 1 teaspoon of fresh ground ginger. I originally put all this stuff in the lemonade jug and shook it up. But, the flavors didn’t mix as well as I hoped, so I put it in the blender and gave it a whirl. This allowed the flavors to meld much better and gave the lemonade a beautiful light green tint. I don’t know that I would do this if you’re using carbonated water as called for in the recipe, but I would definitely recommend this method otherwise.

Anyway, I’ll get to the point. This lemonade was awesome. Not too sweet and not as boring as regular lemonade. And it really didn’t taste as crazy as it sounds. I definitely recommend this one!

p.s. I don’t know if this is actually authentic Thai lemonade. I just gave it that name because it sounded good. Also, taking pictures of beverages is really hard.

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Chai Tea Mix

11 Jan

During Christmas vacation we were able to spend some time with Seth’s family up in Idaho. While we were there my awesome sister-in-law, Collette, made us some of this Chai tea. I immediately asked for the recipe because I knew I had to make some of this for myself at home. This stuff rocks!

  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup French Vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar, and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. In a blender or food processor, in several batches if necessary, blend until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.

To serve:

Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.

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